This work, inspired by the quality and scope of Shield's work addresses her creative exploration of post modernism. As an examination of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, this collection of essays establishes the groundwork for future studies of her "oeuvre".;The collection begins with a significant new essay from Shields herself, "Narrative Hunger and the Overflowing Cupboard", perhaps her most substantial commentary upon her own aims as a writer. In addition, scholars from Canada, England, the United States and Australia explore the complexity of Shield's work and her contributions to the genre of the novel. These essays reflect Shield's verve and her playful approach to today's sophisticated critical thinking. Among the topics are Shield's use of biography and autobiography, metafiction, popular romance and symbolism. While the essays foreground the unreliability of language, and hence our inability to know one another or even ourselves, the contributors argue that Shields has taken a step beyond postmodernism by suggesting that we can transcend the limitations of its epistemology.;Containing several essays on "Swann" and "The Stone Diaries", Shield's most popular works and an annotated bibliography of works by and about Shields, this should appeal to scholars, students and readers of Carol Shields and Canadian fiction.